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NHL Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets (19-35-5) at Minnesota Wild (32-21-6)


Feb. 26, 2023 Game No. 60 (19-35-5, 43 pts.) at Minnesota Wild (32-21-6, 70 pts.), Xcel Energy Center Road Game No. 27 (6-17-3, 15 pts.) The Blue Jackets Press Box website, which includes game notes, stats, releases and video/audio clips as well as the 2022-23 Media Guide can be accessed at Follow @BlueJacketsPR on Twitter for comprehensive information and updates on the team.

THE LAST GAME: FEB. 25, 2023 – CBJ 6 vs. EDM 5
CBJ Goal Scorers: Marchenko (15), PP – Jenner (18), Marchenko (16), Laine (17), Roslovic (5), Roslovic (6)
EDM Goal Scorers: Foegele (11), PP – Draisaitl (36), SHG – McDavid (47), McDavid (48), Hyman (28)
Goalies: CBJ – Korpisalo (42/47; 59:33); EDM – Campbell (10/14; 25:56), Skinner (10/12, 32:12)
CBJ PP: 1/4; PK: 3/4 | Shots: CBJ: 26 / EDM: 47
3 Stars: 1. Roslovic, CBJ; 2. McDavid, EDM; 3. Jenner, CBJ
Noteworthy: CBJ tied season-high in goals (3rd time)… CBJ led 4-0 with 5:56 into the 2nd period, but EDM scored 4-straight goals to tie game heading into the 3rd… CBJ scored 2 goals in the 3rd to win… CBJ swept EDM in season series for 3rd time in franchise history (2014-15 and 2016-17)… Roslovic notched his 2nd 4-point game of the season (2-2-4)… Gaudreau tallied his 10th multi-assist/14th multipoint game of the campaign (0-2-2)… Marchenko notched his 3rd career multi-goal game (2-0-2)… Laine registered his 4th 3-point effort of the season (1-2-3)… Jenner recorded his 8th multi-point game of the season (1-1-2), also notching his 318th career point (goal) to surpass Vyborny (317) for 4th-most points in CBJ history.

Danforth (torn labrum); Placed on Injured Reserve (Oct. 25); 6 months (53 games)
Voracek (concussion); Placed on Injured Reserve (Nov. 4); out indefinitely (48 games)
Werenski (torn labrum); Placed on Injured Reserve (retro to Nov. 10); rest of regular season (46 games)
Bean (shoulder); Placed on IR (retro to Nov. 15); out indefinitely (44 games)
Chinakhov (ankle); Placed on IR (Dec. 20); 4 weeks (28 games)
Meyer (oblique strain); Placed on IR (Jan. 11); 6-8 weeks (19 games)
Nyquist (shoulder); Placed on IR (Jan. 28); out indefinitely (11 games)

Feb. 25 Recalled Sweezey from Cleveland (AHL)
Feb. 9 Recalled Berni from Cleveland (AHL)
Feb. 1 Assigned Berni and Bjork to Cleveland (AHL)

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2022-23 Series: 0-1-0 (0-0-0 at MIN)
2021-22 Series: 1-0-1 (0-0-1 at MIN)
All-Time Series: 31-26-1-5 (12-16-0-4 at MIN)
Last 10 (Overall | Road): 4-4-2 | 5-4-1
All-Time GF/GA: 148/154
All-Time SF/SA: 1,756/1,809
All-Time PP: 36-of-219
All-Time PK: 220-of-261
THE LAST GAME VS. MIN: FEB. 23, 2023 – CBJ 0 vs. MIN 2
CBJ Goal Scorers:
MIN Goal Scorers: Duhaime (6), Kaprizov (34)
Goalies: CBJ – Korpisalo (23/25; 57:01); MIN – Fleury (30/30; 60:00)
CBJ PP: 0/1; PK: 1/1 | Shots: CBJ: 30 / MIN: 25
3 Stars: 1. Kaprizov, MIN; 2. Fleury, MIN; 3. Korpisalo, CBJ
Noteworthy: CBJ failed to score a goal for 6th time this season… MIN scored goals 3:01 and 8:48 into the game in the win… Jenner led the club in shots with 6… Peeke led the team in TOI (23:50) and hits with 4 (11 total as team)… Boqvist had his career-best 4-game points streak (2-3-5) snapped.

SEASON SERIES LEFT: Series is complete.
Columbus Blue Jackets: Media Notes

NOTED (Team Highlights vs. MIN)
CBJ and MIN both debuted in 2000-01… CBJ have picked up points in 12 of the last 18 meetings dating back to Apr. 13, 2013 (10-6- 2)… Home team has registered points in 8 of the last 10 meetings since Mar. 2, 2017 (6-2-2)… 7 of the last 10 games in the series have been decided by a single goal… CBJ owns 7 of the 11 shutouts in the series… Most goals scored at MIN: 5 – 2x (MR: 10/14/17)… Most goals allowed at MIN: 5 – 4x (MR: 2/25/20).

NOTED (Player Highlights vs. MIN)
Nyquist made his NHL debut on 11/1/11 vs. MIN.
• Gaudreau – 4-16-20 in 21 career GP, including points in all but seven of his career contests and multiple points in each of his last three games at Minnesota (1-5-6)
• Laine – 10-5-15 in 20 career GP, including 2-1-3 in his last three contests at Minnesota.
• Merzlikins – 1-0-1 record with a 2.40 GAA and .934 SV% in 2 career GP, including stopping 35-plus shots in both contests of the series in 2021-22


All-Time Wild Record: 31-22-10 (20-7-5 at Xcel Energy Center, 11-15-5 at Columbus)
2022-23: Minnesota is 1-0-0 against Columbus this season…The Wild won the series-opening game, 2-0, at Nationwide Arena…RW Brandon Duhaime (1-0=1) and LW Kirill Kaprizov (1-0=1) both scored goals for the Wild…C Freddy Gaudreau (0-1=1) and C Ryan Hartman (0-1=1) each recorded an assist…G Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 30 shots he faced for Minnesota, recording his first career shutout against Columbus…G Joonas Korpisalo stopped 23-of-25 shots faced for the Blue Jackets.

WILD LEADERS: RW Mats Zuccarello leads Minnesota with 15 points (7-8=15) in 28 games vs. Columbus…D Jared Spurgeon owns 12 points (1-11=12) in 24 matches…D Alex Goligoski owns 11 points (4-7=11) in 27 contests…C Ryan Hartman (1-7=8) has eight points in 12 games.

WILD GOALIES: Fleury is 13-7-2 with a 2.31 GAA, a .923 SV% and one shutout in 24 career games (22 starts) vs. the Blue Jackets…G Filip Gustavsson is 1-0-0 with a 0.92 GAA and a .971 SV% in one start (4/22/22).

BLUE JACKETS LEADERS: LW Johnny Gaudreau has tallied 20 points (4-16=20) in 21 games vs. Minnesota…RW Jakub Voracek owns 20 points (4-16=20) in 26 contests…LW Gustav Nyquist has 17 points (6-11=17) in 19 matches…LW Patrik Laine owns 15 points (10- 5=15) in 20 games.

BLUE JACKETS GOALIES: Korpisalo is 0-2-0 with a 4.02 GAA and a .850 SV% in two career starts against the Wild…G Elvis Merzlikins is 1-0-1 with
a 2.40 GAA and a .934 SV% in two starts.

FAST FACTS: Minnesota has earned points in 14 of its last 20 meetings against Columbus (10-6-4), including a 6-1-2 record in the last eight contests…The Wild is 7-5-2 in its last 14 games at Nationwide Arena and 10-4-4 in the last 18 games at Xcel Energy Center.

• Dating back to Nov. 19th, Minnesota is 17-5-1 at home for a .761 point percentage, the fifth-best rate in the NHL during that span.

• The Wild recorded an seven-game home win streak from Nov. 27 – Dec. 18, the fourth-longest home win streak in the NHL this season.

• Minnesota is sixth in the NHL with 19 home victories this season and a .645 point percentage.

• In home games since Nov. 19, the Wild is recording a 2.17 goals against average (GAA) and .922 save percentage (SV%). in that span, Minnesota ranks second in the NHL in home GAA and home SV%.

• The Wild has converted 28.4 percent (27 of 95) of power-play opportunities at home this season, fourth-best in the NHL.

• Since Jan. 19, Minnesota ranks second in the NHL with 12 power-play goals. Minnesota is 12-for-48 (25.0%) with the man advantage during that span, scoring a power-play goal in 11 of 16 contests.

• The Wild has killed 24 consecutive shorthanded situations across 11 total games. Minnesota has not allowed a power-play goal in 10 consecutive games, the longest streak in the NHL this season and third-longest streak in franchise history.

• For the season, the Wild is tied for sixth in the NHL with a 82.1 penalty-kill percentage (156 for 190).

• Since Nov. 8, Minnesota is third in the NHL with a 84.0 penalty-kill percentage (131 for 156).

• Minnesota is tied for fourth in the NHL with a 82.6 penalty-kill percentage (81 of 98) on the road this season.

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